Switchfoot - The Beautiful Let Down
Switchfoot - The Beautiful Let Down (Columbia Records) Album Review

The Beautiful Let Down
(Columbia Records)

Many bands these days making are sure they stick to their predetermined category of music with each offering. Thus making it is so rare and refreshing to listen to a genre hopping album. Pop punk to be proud of sets the ball rolling by the way of the ‘Sugarcult’ sounding ‘Meant To Live’. Also, featuring later on in the succinct ‘Adding To The Noise’ a self deprecatory offering, with jangling instrumentals that flies in the face of the ego massaging modern punk.

Switchfoot - The Beautiful Let Down (Columbia Records) Album Review

Switchfoot are a band that cares, as their invitation to attend a summit in Nashville for DATA (Debt, Aids, Trade for Africa) testifies. Vocalist Jon Foreman oozes sincerity no matter what style he is adopting. The impressive slower and meaningful soulful pop song; ‘Gone’ is a colourful instrumental featuring neat lyrics about the fickle nature of, well, everything:

“Gone, like Frank Sinatra, like Elvis and his mom,
Like Al Pacino’s cash, nothing lasts in this life.
Gone, my High School dreams are gone.”

The even slower piano fuelled, Coldplay like ‘On Fire’ is sure to go down well in Britain. Foreman is well aware of the fact that he and his band mates have “the best jobs in the world”, as he seems intent on making the most of his privileged position by producing honest music and connecting with people. How refreshing!

David Adair